Many people are hitting the road this weekend to celebrate the 3-day weekend due to Labor Day. On road trips, it is hard to avoid eating out of boredom from staring at the road all day. While it may be easier to grab calorie-dense snacks at the gas station, packing some smart snacks before you head out will save you many calories.
1. Pack grab-and-go snacks that have a great combination of carbohydrate, protein, and fiber. Some great options are unsalted nuts, fresh fruit (apples, pears, bananas, grapes), dried fruit, cut raw veggies, whole grain crackers, pretzels, popcorn, and peanut butter. Mix and match to create new snack combinations.
2. Pre-portion your snacks into single-serving bags to prevent yourself from over eating. By eating out of a pre-portioned bag, you can avoid snacking by the handful from a large bag.
3. Bring along a cooler for even more snacking options. Keep ice in bags to prevent leaking or use an ice pack. Start with everything already refrigerated so it stays cool longer. Some cold snack options include cheese sticks, deli meat, low-fat yogurt, low fat dips, or hummus.
4. Stay hydrated but avoid over drinking calorie-dense drinks. To avoid getting bored of water, pack calorie-free water flavorings, bring along lemon or lime slices, drink unsweetened tea, or try seltzer water for a little fizz.
Have a Great Weekend!